WWW Wednesday, 20-May-2020

20 May

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!IMG_1384-0

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Currently reading: I made some decent progress with The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel this week. I’m still a ways from finishing it, but I’m happy with still moving forward with it.
I started Fiction Writer’s Workshop by Josip Novakovich and I suspect this one will be a bit slow for me. It’s nonfiction and right before bed, that can put me to sleep pretty fast. I’m hoping to feel motivated to do some of the exercises and get to writing again. It would be great to feel like I accomplished that during this lockdown.
I began the audiobook for The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. I picked this one up as a physical book when I was visiting Atlanta but it seems I’ll get to the audiobook first. A lot of my books have fallen this way and I’m okay with that.

Recently finished: I was able to finish up White Oleander by Janet Fitch on Thursday. Finally! I liked the ending to this one, though it was pretty sad. It was a very different mother/daughter relationship than is usually portrayed in fiction and I liked that it was different, but it was still sad. I gave it Four out of Five Stars.
I flew through Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell and finished it on Saturday. It was a really fun ride and I enjoyed hearing about Simon and Baz and I’m looking forward to book three soon! I gave it Four out of Five Stars.

I posted my review of Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani on Thursday. It was a light, fun ride and I gave the book Three out of Five Stars.
After getting through The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee in one day, I posted a review on Monday and gave this one Four out of Five Stars. What a fun ride!

Reading Next: I’m going to pick up my book club selection next: Old Baggage by Lissa Evans. This one has some length to it so even with tri training, I probably will take at least a week to get through it.

Leave a comment with your link and comment (if you’re so inclined). Take a look at the other participant links in the comments and look at what others are reading.

Have any opinions on these choices?

Until next time, write on.

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67 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 20-May-2020”

  1. lilisblissfulpages at 1:31 AM #

    Oh, I’m very interested in Fiction Writer’s Workshop. Please let me know if it’s a big help to us aspiring authors. 🙂

    Here’s my WWW: https://lilisblissfulpages.wordpress.com/2020/05/20/www-wednesday-05-20-2020/


  2. whatcathyreadnext at 3:06 AM #

    I hope you enjoy Old Baggage and its lovely main characters as much as I did.

    Here’s my WWW https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2020/05/20/wwwwednesday-20th-may-2020/


  3. White Oleander sounds like a great book, think I’ll add it to my (very long!) list. Hope you have a great reading week!

    My WWW: https://booksonthe747.com/2020/05/20/www-wednesday-20th-may-2020/



    • Sam at 6:01 AM #

      I can’t believe it’s been out for over 20 years. It’s still very relevant. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Jocelyn at 5:38 AM #

    Fiction Writer’s Workshop looks like something I need to pick up.

    My WWW: https://alittlenerdtoldme.wordpress.com/2020/05/20/www-wednesday-20th-of-may-2020/


    • Sam at 6:01 AM #

      So far I’m enjoying it. Happy reading!


  5. Angie at 5:53 AM #

    I’m glad to see lots of fun books offset the sadness of White Oleander. I hope you’ll have a great reading week and that you’ll enjoy Fiction Writer’s Workshop!

    My WWW: https://angiesbookmarks.wordpress.com/2020/05/20/www-wednesday-may-20-2020/


    • Sam at 6:01 AM #

      Thanks! It was sad but I ultimately enjoyed it a lot. Happy reading!


  6. Davida Chazan at 6:26 AM #

    I very much enjoyed Old Baggage, so I hope you like it too!


  7. booksteastories at 7:57 AM #

    I can’t wait to pick up The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky!
    Here’s my first time doing WWW Wednesday: https://booksteastories.wordpress.com/2020/05/20/www-wednesday-20th-may-2020/


  8. I’ll be interested to hear how Fiction Writer’s Workshop is. I’ve been wanting to get back to writing as well, but I’ve had zero motivation to do so. Even blogging has been an effort, but I’m trying to get back into it.

    My WWW: https://lifewithnoplot.com/2020/05/20/www-wednesday-5-20-20/


    • Sam at 8:19 AM #

      Hopefully WWW makes it easier to blog! I’m still waiting for a kick in the pants to start writing again. Happy reading!


  9. Darnell at 8:17 AM #

    I see a few good picks. I have been meaning to read Carry On, since its been on my TBR for a while now.



    • Sam at 8:20 AM #

      I’d recommend reading Fangirl to give Carry On some context. That’s the order I read them in and I’m not sure how it would work in another order. Happy reading!


  10. Man, I haven’t been able to write lately, either. I hope Fiction Writer’s Workshop can help inspire you to pick it up again. It’s such a bummer having time to write but not being able to make it work. So glad to hear you enjoyed Wayward Son, though!

    Here’s my WWW post.


    • Sam at 8:21 AM #

      I’ve been filling my time with other things just to keep busy but this would be the ideal time to write. I hope we both find some motivation. Happy reading!


  11. Julie Anna's Books at 8:34 AM #

    I’m looking forward to picking up White Oleander next month – it’s been sitting on my shelves since last year! Old Baggage sounds interesting as well. One of the side characters in a recent book I read was an early protestor for women’s suffrage and I realize I haven’t read any historical fiction on the subject yet!

    My WWW: http://www.julieannasbooks.com/www-wednesday-5-20-20/


    • Sam at 8:35 AM #

      White Oleander was on my shelf for longer than that if it makes you feel better haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • The Gal Herself at 8:56 AM #

        Glad you appreciated White Oleander. I found that one stayed with me for quite a while!

        Like you with White Oleander, I’m turning to books I’ve had for quite some time but never got to. It’s possible I bought the two I outline today — a mystery and non-fiction — while Bill Clinton was still in the White House!


      • Sam at 9:44 AM #

        Glad you can clear out the bookshelf! I haven’t had mine as long but I’ve been eagerly anticipating them for some time and I’m happy to be moving forward. Happy reading!


  12. The Gal Herself at 8:59 AM #

    (Sorry for the double comment; not paying attention this morning.)

    Glad you appreciated White Oleander. I found that one stayed with me for quite a while!

    Like you with White Oleander, I’m turning to books I’ve had for quite some time but never got to. It’s possible I bought the two I outline today — a mystery and non-fiction — while Bill Clinton was still in the White House!


    Liked by 1 person

  13. Tessa Pulyer at 9:44 AM #

    I think I need to read a book on writing to inspire my writing too. It’s really become something that has fallen off in the last few months. I’ll be curious to see what you think of the one you are reading.

    My WWW: https://tessatalksbooks.blog/2020/05/20/www-wednesday-what-am-i-reading-now-may-20th/


    • Sam at 9:45 AM #

      So far, I’ve found Writing Fiction for Dummies to be the most helpful and I’ve recommended it a lot. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Hi! It’s been a while since I last checked in. I hope you’ve been okay, things are so chaotic! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed your recent reads 🙂 The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky was so cute, though I wish it was just a biiiiit longer.

    Here’s my WWW.


  15. Ryan at 11:03 AM #

    Nonfiction when you’re getting sleepy really can be rough sometimes. I just started Other Minds, which is science and philosophy, and I’ve already bumped up against that a bit. Happy reading!



    • Sam at 11:26 AM #

      I might have to grab a bit of fiction for my visit to my parents this weekend. The nonfiction will put me right to sleep. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  16. _forbookssake at 11:06 AM #

    There are some really interesting looking books on your list! Will have to check them out 🙂

    Here’s my WWW: https://forbookssake.home.blog/2020/05/20/www-wednesday-20th-may-2020/


    • Sam at 11:27 AM #

      I hope you find something new. Happy reading!


  17. anovelglimpse at 11:38 AM #

    I’m glad you enjoyed White Oleander besides it being sad. I remember that about it. It was a good book. Happy reading!

    My WWW Wednesday.


  18. Matt Sweeney at 11:59 AM #

    Fiction Writer’s Workshop looks like a good one. I stepped back from writing fiction for the moment just because I’m juggling a bit much at the moment. But doing some exercises might just give me the push I need. Thanks for sharing!

    Here’s mine for the week: Woodpecker books


    • Sam at 2:24 PM #

      The exercises are really good. I’m not writing them but I’m thinking through a few and hope to pick out some to write later. Happy reading!


  19. abookishbalance at 12:46 PM #

    I’m glad you liked Wayward Son! I really enjoyed it too, but I feel like so many others had mixed feelings on it 😅

    Here’s my WWW


    • Sam at 2:25 PM #

      It’s such an odd concept to have a series based on a fictional book series. I can see that’s not for everyone. But for those of who do enjoy it, I’m going to fully enjoy it. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  20. My Book Jar at 1:25 PM #

    I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed Rainbow Rowell’s books, they are all on my TBR.
    Here is my WWW list http://mybookjar.com/2020/05/20/www-wednesday-40/


    • Sam at 2:26 PM #

      Fangirl was amazing. I’d recommend starting with that or Eleanor & Park. Happy reading!


  21. jessicabookworm at 3:06 PM #

    Well done for finishing the epic White Oleander and getting a couple of reviews up this past week, too – I really need to get writing reviews as I am really behind!

    Here’s my WWW post for this week: https://thebookwormchronicles.wordpress.com/2020/05/20/www-wednesday-20th-may-2020/ 🙂


  22. lilyfaelyn at 6:09 PM #

    I didn’t realize White Oleander was a book. I love that movie! I’m definitely going to read the book now.
    Currently Reading: Fire in the Glass (ARC) Recently Finished: The Hollow Gods (ARC). Will Read Next: The Crowns of Croswald (ARC).


    • Sam at 6:46 PM #

      I’m itching to watch the movie now! I’d forgotten about it, thanks or the reminder. Enjoy your ARCs and happy reading!


  23. shanaqui at 6:39 PM #

    I reaaaaaally need to get to Wayward Son! I can’t believe I haven’t picked it up yet.

    Here’s my post!


    • Sam at 6:46 PM #

      It was a fun one and it has me looking forward to the third book! I hope it’s not delayed. Happy reading.


  24. Books and Shadows at 7:16 PM #

    Looks like you had a lot of great reading done! It’s been mayhem on my side of the world, and I haven’t had much reading or writing time, but I’m glad the madness is over.

    Here’s my WWW Wed post: https://booksandshadows.com/www-wednesday-may-20-2020/


    • Sam at 8:18 PM #

      Lockdown has given me more reading time than I anticipated, especially ties with isolation triathlon training. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Keri at 7:37 PM #

    Oooh, an Emily St. John Mandel book that isn’t Station Eleven! I’ve only read Station Eleven, so I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying her one of her other books–I def need to read more by her.
    And oooh, Wayward Son! I read Fangirl but I haven’t actually started the Simon Snow series–that’s another thing I need to get on. Glad it was a fun read!

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post if ya wanna check it out:


    • Sam at 8:19 PM #

      Carry On was fun, too. I’d recommend reading that before Wayward Son.
      Mandel has a new book out that’s got good reviews. I hope to read that soon, too. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  26. crumblingbookshelf at 9:21 PM #

    Hi, Sam! I hope you’ve had a great Wednesday! Here’s my WWW post!



    • Sam at 7:09 AM #

      Thanks! It’s my favorite day of the week. Happy reading!

      Liked by 2 people

  27. bookswithcassie at 12:33 AM #

    You have gotten through some great books lately! I remember crying at the end of White Oleander haha



    • Sam at 7:09 AM #

      The ending was good. I wasn’t sure how Fitch would wrap that up but it felt very appropriate. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person


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